CB2 Opposing Proposed Development on Atlantic & 3rd

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A Boerum Hill developer wants the city to give its blessing to a project that would result in a new building on the spot where Hank’s Saloon, dive of dives, now operates. But not if Community Board 2 has anything to say about it. The developer, R&E Brooklyn, is seeking a zoning variance from the city to go quite a bit higher and wider than regulations permit on the corner of Third and Atlantic. Earlier this week, CB2’s land-use committee voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Standards and Appeals not approve R&E’s proposal, which, at 14,000 square feet, would be more than double the site’s as-of-right floor area. (R&E has info about the planned building up here, though it appears to be out of date.) The building, which would have 12 700-square-foot apartments on six floors, would also be 12 feet higher than zoning allows, as well as cover 10 percent more of the lot than is permitted. R&E has been responsible for other developments in the area like the still-under-construction “Green House” on Nevins Street. The good news for fans of Hank’s in all of this is that R&E intends to offer the bar an opportunity to return to the new building. GMAP

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